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September 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Man accused of fatal Pioneer Square knife attack pleads not guilty

Arraignment in King County Court of Donnell Jackson, center, on first-degree murder charges for fatally stabbing Troy Wolff and wounding Wolff's girlfriend, Kristin Ito in Pioneer Square. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Donnell Jackson pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder Monday, in King County Court. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The man accused of killing Shoreline Community College Professor Troy Wolff in an uprovoked knife attack Sept. 13  in Pioneer Square pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of  first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Donnell D. Jackson said nothing during his brief arraignment.

He is accused of attacking Wolff’s girlfriend, Kristin Ito, and then killing Wolff when he intervened. The couple had just left a Seattle Sounders match and were walking near Third Avenue South and South Jackson Street around 10:30 p.m. when they were randomly attacked by the armed stranger, police said.

Wolff, 46, died from his injuries the following day. Ito has been released from the hospital.

Jackson, 44, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of at $2 million bail.

According to charging papers, Jackson claims to be schizophrenic and is homeless. During an earlier hearing, public defender Maureen McKee said Jackson “suffers from an extreme mental illness.”

Jackson told detectives he arrived in Seattle about six months ago and has been off his medication for the past four months. It’s unclear why Jackson came to Seattle, violating probation in California following an arson conviction.

His brother, Derrick Jackson, suspects he came here to try to re-establish contact with the mother of his young daughter, even though he and his former girlfriend “aren’t on good terms” and she wouldn’t let him see the baby, he said.

However, a relative of the woman said that Jackson’s former girlfriend had no idea he was now living here.

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